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Julie & Linda’s NH Classes

Julie, the A Muse Creative Director, and Linda, the owner of A Muse came to New England last weekend.  I was so excited they came to The Paper Tree to teach three classes on Saturday.  Here are some fun pics from their classes…

Julie, Me & Linda

Linda using Julie’s arm to demonstrate how to tie a proper knot ;)

By the end of the long day, things started getting a little silly ;)  Here’s Julie & Linda with Michelle, the owner of The Paper Tree.

So fun!! Now, back to real life. :)

Pink & Black

More pink & black- one of my favorite color combinations lately.  I’m loving this new Stampin Up curly label punch that I got recently.  I was looking at the shape, and wondered if it would layer well with the label stamp from the A Muse bracket frames set.  Sure enough, it looks great! I stamped that first on pink paper, cut out, and then added the curly label punched sentiment on top, inking the edges (which I never do!).  Don’t you love it when things work out just like you’d hoped? 

Because the sentiment area was the focal point, I wanted to keep the image very simple.  I stamped the chair line two times, and then just used shades of pink to color the chairs, adding a little clear spica glitter for some sparkle.

Images, notecard, ribbon – A Muse Artstamps

Copic Class Sneak

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the cards we’ll be creating at my Copic Technique class on October 17th at The Paper Tree.


In this class we’ll use A Muse products to make some simple cards focusing on the coloring techniques using Copic markers for blending and shading.  I hope you can join us!  Please call Michelle at The Paper Tree if you’d like to sign up – 603 624-8800.

Love is in the air…

One of my best friends from college got engaged almost two months ago, and I’ve been a little behind on sending her a congratulations card.  I found these cool scalloped circle cards at my LSS, and decided to use them with this airplane stamp to create a unique (and quick) engagement card.

I realize that hot pink might be too much for the groom, but I just love this color- I can’t stop using it :)

I used my nestabilities to create the scallop cirlces on the inside, and some pink stickles on the exhaust and Copic Spica clear glitter pen on the plan to add some sparkle. 

Images & Ribbon – A Muse

Spiders- aaack!

I hate spiders.  There was a huge one in my basement the other day- I mean HUGE.  It was all I could do to stomp on him and hope that he didn’t get me.  I watched Charlotte’s Web this weekend with my daughter- very cute, very sad when she died.  But I still hate spiders.

I decided to make a creepy spider card – very dark and using my favorite black glitter.  I used Heather’s card as an inspiration – Love how she made brads into spiders!  I used glittered brads from Making Memories to tie in with the glittered web. Somehow this didn’t come out exactly as I had imagined it – I’ll have to play with it a bit more.  

I attached the brads by pulling apart the two stick ends, and then cutting off the ends with some sharp scissors (not the same ones you use for ribbon!).  Now the back is fairly flat, and there’s no need to pierce a whole through the front of the card.  I then used some red-line tape to attach the back of the brad to the card.  Someone posted this tip once, but unfortunately I’ve long forgotten where I heard it.  Try it – it works great!

Did you notice?? Another card with NO coloring! As my 2 year old would say- Aren’t you proud of me??

Thanks for visiting!

All images, notecard & Pretty little paper - A Muse

Glitter- Doodlebug Designs

Brads- Making Memories

How old???

The other day was my Dad’s birthday.  I won’t tell you how old he was, because he’s a little sensitive about it ;)  SO, of course I had to make him a funny card to go along.  I really love this Tree stamp from A Muse.  Jenn S. is always telling me how much I really need this stamp, and of course it took me about six months to actually buy it.  Now that I did, I love it!  I used the stamp to make leaves on a tree rather than the actual tree.  I made it look more real by stamping the leaves in both Pear Tart and Bamboo ink from Memento.

I used the owl stamp, and then colored the branch to connect to the leaves.  I hand-wrote the sentiment, and used Diamond Glaze to make the eyes pop on the left side owl.  I had colored his eyes a little with a Staedler Triplus marker because they weren’t dark enough, but that ended up reacting with the glaze and making the whole glaze appear brown too.  Oh well, I still liked the effect.

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Spooky Crow

I love the new crow images from A Muse and decided to make a crow card for Halloween.  In Jenn Shurkus’ last A Muse class we used a Tsukineko glue pad to put glitter on an entire image.  I decided to use that same technique to get a furry flocked crow, using Doodlebug Designs velvet flock.  I also added an A Muse micro twinkle sticker for his eye making him look a little spooky :)

I perched the smaller crow on the witches brew stamp to tie in the larger crow, and added some green Doodlebug Designs glitter to the brew.  And NO coloring!! Can you believe it? I never do that ;)  Here’s a close up of the fuzzy….

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Copic Shading

Here is the final card from my Copic Technique class this last weekend.  For this one, we used a more subtle form of shading by using an acrylic block as a palette and lighter colored Copics to pick up some darker colors to shade with.

Images- American Art Stamp

Copic Birds

Whew! We had lots of fun at last night’s Copic Technique class, but I’m exhausted!  I got home around 10 o’clock only to find that Michael Phelps was set to swim again, so of course I had to watch.  I think I’m exhausted more from staying up late night all week to watch the Olympics – I need to get some sleep! 

This is another card we made in the class using a palette blending technique with the blender pen and acrylic blocks.  Pick one color of marker, and color on an acrylic block, about 1-2 inch square.  Then using a brush end on your colorless blender, pick up the ink on the acrylic block (it’s okay if it dries), and use your blender pen to paint the color on – fading it into white.  You get a more dramatic effect if the color you’re using is medium to dark.  You get almost a watercolor effect with this technique.

This isn’t my favorite look, but works for getting a certain look.  Something to try out and see – everyone likes different things!

Thanks to everyone who came to the class- I had alot of fun!


I made this card for one of my online friends- Michelle.  She just loves Vespa girl, and after her trip to Europe this summer, this image just totally makes me think of her.  I had to of course put my spin on it with my favorite colors.

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